Honey is one of the most functional foods that nature has to offer and it is an essential in any home. While regular, raw honey is an excellent source of nutrients and one of the healthiest sweeteners available, did you know that manuka honey offers all of the same benefits but with additional healing and antibacterial powers?
Originating from New Zealand and made by bees that pollinate the native tea trees, manuka honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds and strengthen the body. In the 19th century, researchers discovered its natural antibacterial qualities and its ability to help the body repair tissue damage caused by infection.
What is in Manuka honey that gives it extra antibacterial properties? The answer is Methylglyoxal (MGO), a compound that naturally occurs in most honey—but is found in exceptionally high concentrations in the nectar of the Manuka flower. MGO is what gives manuka honey its antibacterial, medicinal powers.
Another benefit of Manuka honey is that its antibacterial activity does not weaken over time. It is retained and remains effective as long as the honey is stored in ideal conditions.
Laboratory tests have found that Manuka honey is effective against a wide range of bacteria, which include:
- Helicobacter pylori—causes most stomach ulcers
- Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli—the most common cause of infected wounds and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus laureus (MRSA)
- Streptococcus pyogenes—causes sore throats
Other benefits of Manuka honey include:
- Can be used topically to heal cuts and scrapes
- Improves digestion
- Provides energy
- Boosts the immune system
- Has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to ease pain and inflammation
Make sure to select a Manuka honey with an MGO rating to ensure that you are enjoying the true health benefits of Manuka honey!